Why do we celebrate St Patrick’s Day?

A misconception about St Patrick is his removal of snakes from Ireland. The actual story is rather like most patron saints. St Patrick made his mark by introducing and converting people to Christianity, in this case to Ireland in the year 432. However did you know that St Patrick wasn’t Irish? He was born to Roman parents in Scotland or Wales in the late fourth century.

Now, every year on March 17 St Patrick’s Day has become an international festival, celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, food and a whole lot of #GREEN

St. Patrick’s Day has even become a popular holiday in the United States. People wear green and eat corned beef and cabbage. Beef was not readily available in Ireland and was considered a luxury. That’s why the traditional Irish meal centered around ham, the bacon.

But when these Irish got off the boats in America it was quite the opposite. Corned beef was the meat that they could easily and more cheaply get their hands on and, so, this became the meal of choice for generations of Irish Americans to come.

The shamrock, pot-of-gold, and leprechauns are also associated with St. Patrick’s Day. The shamrock was worn as a badge on the lapel. Three is Ireland’s magic number and the three petals that make up the shamrock are supposed to bring good luck. The three leaves also represent the Trinity in the Christian religion.

The leprechaun has a strange but interesting background. The earliest known reference to the leprechaun appears in a medieval tale where a king falls asleep on the beach and wakes to find himself being dragged into the sea by three leprechauns . He captures his abductors, who grant him three wishes in exchange for release. To this day leprechauns are known for protection of their pot-of-gold.

So there you have it, this is why we celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

 

What can you do this St Paddy’s day?

This year we are going… GREEN!

Visit our online store today to find all our green products, from recycling bins and cartridge/toner recycling bins, to recycled paper.

If you want to know more about green products, then why not view one of our recent blog posts on how to be green at work!

So why not go Green this St Patrick’s Day!

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